Reports are coming in that Chicago Bears head coach John Fox will be out as soon as the season wraps up at New Year's Eve. Bears beat writer Aaron Leming said that GM Ryan Pace will hold a press conference on Monday, which likely indicates that Fox will be out. Later, NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that Fox is expected to be let go on Black Monday.

This news comes to little surprise as Fox will finish his third season in Chicago with no winning seasons and zero playoff appearances. Media and fans called for his firing earlier this season after continued conservative coaching that handcuffed the development of rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The hunt for the next Bears head coach will commence. Whoever takes the job will be the fourth head coach this decade.

Fox's tenure in Chicago

After he parted ways with the Denver Broncos in 2014, John Fox was brought to Chicago to replace Marc Trestman for the 2015 season. While there was skepticism about Fox, he was an experienced head coach who had recently taken the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2013. Trestman was such a disaster that having 13 years of NFL head coaching experience seemed a lot better.

His first season in 2015 actually seemed somewhat promising. They were much more competitive than they were in 2014 and sat at 5-6 after beating the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, they lost a real tough game the next week and finished 6-10. Since then it has been very ugly. Despite drafting some talent in Trubisky, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Adam Shaheen, Leonard Floyd, Eddie Jackson and others the past two years, winning has not seemed to have gotten any better.

In 2016 they went 3-13, which was not all Fox's fault considering many starters went on IR, but still not a great look. This year has been the most frustrating. Facing either a 5-11 or 6-10 season, it would mark their fourth consecutive sub-.500 season. Fox for the first time had a rookie quarterback to develop, and instead, he and coordinator Dowell Loggains continued to play conservative style offense.

This not only hurt Trubisky in developing his skills, but created predictable playcalling as the Bears offense has been near the bottom in points all season.

Depending on what happens in the season finale against the Vikings, Fox's Bears have just three NFC north wins in three years. He will either finish his tenure at 14-34 or 15-33. Regardless it will be the lowest winning percentage of any Bears head coach.

Looking forward

There will be a number of football teams looking for new skippers this offseason. The ideal candidate for the Bears job would be a young, offensive-minded guy. The Bears have traditionally been a ground-and-pound/defensive type group, but this is an era of passing offense and their most important asset is Trubisky.

Developing Trubisky and making the Bears young weapon all work will be the main goal for the new coach as they look to finally start contending.

John Fox was simply too old-fashioned and too conservative in his play for the stage the Bears are in. His press conferences with no straight answers and lack of information was irritating for many. Fox has made plenty of money and could probably retire if he wants to, but do not be surprised if he is looking for work next year because he probably will be.

The official search process for a new head coach begins begins Black Monday.